Sunday Surfing 08/05/16

This edition of Sunday Surfing is a bit abbreviated due to the fact that I have been living the Taurus new moon and I sure hope that you have, too. While there will be hiccups in exchanges and potholes in the proverbial road, we might as well pause in whatever moments we can and just ground ourselves in the natural world and some creature comforts. I’ve been planting trees, trimming vines, weeding and putting Parmesan cheese on everything. 🙂

 

Prometheus

Gordon over at Rune Soup has recently reviewed a film I have yet to see. I am intrigued, to say the least:

 ‘I seemed to have missed just how much the film is not only typologically astrognostic, it is explicitly astrognostic. And it’s done in a hugely sophisticated way. The story is originally Scott’s, but it was also written by the creator of Lost. I abandoned that show fairly early on but people that stuck with it told me some parts of it approached High Strange excellence before it apparently shat the bed with its ending. So we’re dealing with competent creators here. Not a king of the world or a space smurf in sight.

There is something else, something a bit spookier, that I want to flag right up front. Prometheus’s origins are almost Tolkienesque. Tolkien -despite what he said subsequently- probably didn’t realise that the ring Bilbo won in a riddling match was anything more than a classic northern European mythological device very common in the sort of bildungsroman he was writing at the time… until he stopped and really considered it. For Scott, the same thing happened with Prometheus. The story emerged from a question he received very often. What the hell was that thing in the chair in the crashed spaceship in Alien?

Guess what I am watching tonight?

 

Warning: a political opinion…

Cory Pein has an essay in The Baffler that suggests the trickster god is afoot…I love this! He writes, ‘The election is nothing less than a psychogenic storm. As such it can only be discussed in metaphysical terms that sober, prudent, smartphone-having people are unwilling to countenance.’

Now I learned about this link whilst enjoying myself over at the blog, Stuff Jeff Reads, and it was a commenter who shared it. Off I went to find the post so as to give a proper shout out –  and lost another half hour of writing time! Something about science, magic and tech…and then I was muttering scoldings to self about getting back to work. Jeff, if you should pass by here, do let us know.

And I just want to note that there is no mention of Puerto Rico in this write up on the 2nd annual Caribbean Energy Security Summit (nor any other I could find). This strikes me as tragically ironic, considering that PR is a U.S. territory – in a hyper strategic location – and is in dire straits as hedge funds move in for the premeditated kill. Its not about who’s fault it is at this point; this seems like a win-win proposition to me.

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“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth…

Let your bending in the archer’s hand be for gladness;

For even as He loves the arrow that flies,

so He loves also the bow that is stable.” — Kahlil Gibran

Be well

 – weaver

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Anniversary on the Homestead

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Here in the Med, life is perpetually in a rhythm of ebb and flow, without and overflowing, inactivity and hyper busy-ness. Its been like that for millennia, across this micro cosmos. I am watching the culture in Cyprus move at what feels like highly turbulent warp speed with the (worn out) brakes on, blurring the lines and definitions of who the native ‘I am’ is and is becoming. Fortunately, they aren’t a people group too terribly upset if they appear ungraceful about it to the outside world. The earth and water elements here long ago set the tempo and the inhabitants are proud extensions of these expressions.
During globally gear grinding transits such as the Uranus/Pluto square, it’s the micro cosmos’ that will feel the most hijacked and the least able to plot and set an autonomous course. They are also potentially the most capable of responding, re-adapting, rebuilding.
The world is half way through this transit and here, the people are feeling helpless. Native micro rhythm feels terribly out of sync and has always, by nature, offered little predictability while the current world rhythm seems, simply stated, foreign. Intrinsically part of this ‘foreign’ energy recipe is unpredictability.

So, here we are. In the back of beyond, off the grid and off the map, our little tribe is doing its best to navigate our Life road-map, utilising the energy on tap. Today we celebrate one year of habitation on this plot of land and what a patch of road-trip it has been. I am a jumble of feelings but overall quite pleased to be sitting here and writing to you with most of my sanity intact. At first, there was no electricity, no running water, no nothing but a house shell, tons of gritty mud and oh, the road to get here was a crumbling ledge on the side of a cliff. Building suppliers had to be coaxed and cajoled into delivering here. The first three trucks and the first backhoe all broke down shortly after arrival and we started to joke that we were jinxed. Fortunately, that trend was broken.

Positive Charge
There have been three ‘chapters’ to date concerning our energy grid. Initially, the resident electrical engineer tried running an 6-bladed wind turbine feeding four 12v batteries. This gave room lights at all times and approximately 90 minutes of alternate utility power/day. Soon, he discovered next generation solar panels at a brilliant price and managed to receive them just one day before new EU VAT rules – that would have put costs beyond just about any green dreamer – came into effect. Now running both turbine and panels, we were enjoying between 3 and 4 hours of energy usage/day.
Next, he managed to source a 2nd hand like new water tank/solar panel set for yet another great price. Rolls of piping were bought as soon as possible and by late September, we had HOT WATER in the kitchen and the bath. Yea, that’s right: a HOT SHOWER is a huge blessing! I hope you never ever forget that simple and profound truth. 🙂
And just recently, online, he met an extremely helpful guy on a forum who directed him to a website on batteries that has exponentially changed our usage efficiency. Now our four batteries are putting out more energy than we can use in a 24 hour cycle – in the middle of winter.

There are a hundred stories I could tell you about the ups and downs of the last year. We’ve gone from manually hauling huge containers of water just to be able to drink, cook and wash (yes, even the laundry) to laying out various food crops and fruit trees easily irrigated by the new well. The internal space of the house is on its third configuration edit as we try to maximize useful space and aesthetics. We’ve added an addition and are now preparing for another, much larger one. Slowly, slowly… as the saying here goes. Its been the pits and the apex at various times but through it all, it has been a personally cathartic experience for us. It has confirmed and evolved our understanding of our respective capabilities. It has plumbed new depths in the ‘co’ of co-creativity and while laying bare where more work needs doing, it has strengthened the predictability of ‘us’ as an entity.

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As the song goes, there are ‘wheels within wheels’ and they are all moving – all the time. The key to successful co-creation is to learn the art of synchronizing your personal energies to the physical reality around you. (After all, it’s the only wheel you are in charge of.) And the more you open up to it and practice, the more you see how reality comes forth to meet you. In unpredictable ways, this is a predictable truth. Now, I am not saying that there aren’t loooong spans of time where the message is clear: ‘Rest now and be still’. But the greater your faith, the more likely you are to double and triple check that you are reading that correctly – say, when you aren’t sensing an inner harmonic chord. Sometimes, it’s just clear that either you or reality are somehow off script. Experience and Wisdom say, Wait. With. Expectancy.

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2014 brings big events on the horizon that have forced us to stop spending money on this project until, at minimum, July. These are happy events that are bringing much needed time away from it all. But it’s also awfully difficult to just stop. When the speed of progress already feels in crawl-mode, any acceptance of halting feels like failing. Momentum feels precious. However, there is no money tree and we can’t have both. So, what to do? We can try expanding our vision of the reality box; see whats there that isn’t obvious.

Grinning with the Universe
To move forward on projects, we need an earthmover & operator more than anything else. While shooting the breeze in the local cafe just a few days ago, the engineer mentioned frustration with storing a boat that he never uses. Within his audience was an owner/operator that would like to own a boat like that and would be happy to barter a deal. How cool is that?! Beyond this swap, there may not be much else – but, wow, it is PLENTY enough to keep us humming along for some months more. That’s predictable. And then it really will feel like its time to shift energy into taking a much needed break. We might even feel a bit pressed for time – Ha!

Its been fun to share The Project news with you over the past year within this blog. If you are new here or want to review, visit the posts below, listed by date.

It’s time for the party to start so I will close with all best wishes for you and yours in endeavors that will bring Self fulfillment as you journey through Life.
As always, I am here to assist. elemental.living@yahoo.com

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Addition, Subtraction and Perspective

Addition, Subtraction and Perspective

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Busy Busy! A picture tells a thousand words and here I give you two.

The turbine is not yet operational; we are stymied on AC/DC and dump loaders; better slow and steady (Everything necessary runs on solar already). But it is UP and steady. Personally, I find it quite like a minimalist sculpture. And in case you are wondering, it is virtually silent even at high speed.

And She. Gorgeous She who has no name as of yet. She who came on the sag eclipse as Completion, in this case of our little tribe here. She who collects and violently shakes all shoes and socks and actually all things that fit into her mouth.  Rather like having a toddler around, the frequent and peaceful parts of the day are when she is napping.

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I am a big fan of the mindhacks blog. Recently, Tom Stafford posted about sensations many of us have but don’t talk about. And what equally drew my attention was the illustration provided, what it says about human nature and how ‘valid’ knowledge becomes just that:

This points to something curious about the way we create knowledge, illustrated by a wonderful story about the scientific history of meteorites. Rocks falling from the sky were considered myths in Europe for centuries, even though stories of their fiery trails across the sky, and actual rocks, were widely, if irregularly reported. The problem was that the kind of people who saw meteorites and subsequently collected them tended to be the kind of people who worked outdoors – that is, farmers and other country folk. You can imagine the scholarly minds of the Renaissance didn’t weigh too heavily on their testimonies. Then in 1794 a meteorite shower fell on the town of Siena in Italy. Not only was Siena a town, it was a town with a university. The testimony of the townsfolk, including well-to-do church ministers and tourists, was impossible to deny and the reports written up in scholarly publications. Siena played a crucial part in the process of myth becoming fact.

Where early science required authorities and written evidence to turn myth into fact, ASRM shows that something more democratic can achieve the same result. Discussion among ordinary people on the internet provided validation that the unnamed feeling was a shared one. Suddenly many individuals who might have thought of themselves as unusual were able to recognise that they were a single group, with a common experience.

There is a blind spot in psychology for individual differences. ..Something common to all of us wants to validate our inner experience by having it recognised by other people, and in particular by the authority of science. I can’t help – almost all I know about ASMR is in this column you are reading now. For now all we have is a name, but that’s progress.

According to the articulate Kimberly Maxwell of Sher Astrology, we are living through

 ‘an era defining signature, just as the conjunction between these two planets (Pluto & Uranus) was in the 1960s and the last square before that in the 1930s.  It is another cyclical moment of upheaval in human evolution with the archetypal purpose to shake us, wake us and take us to the next level by forcing us to let go of the past and all that we hold near and dear.  Authenticity is the one thing that can withstand this immense pressure.  Ultimately whatever breaks down only does so because it is non-essential to the core of our Self.  Being open to change is easy to say but much, much harder to do in the face of the mountain of “learning” we’ve gone through to be a success as a human being.  Fear is definitely a culprit and is usually directed at someone or something that threatens our very existence – as we think we know it.  A great anti-fear agent is observation.  To conquer resistance to change, we could make a choice not to fight it but instead to adopt the counter-intuitive measure of simply observing it.  Where in each of our lives are we resisting change?

 

Emphasis in both quotes is mine.

‘Ultimately whatever breaks down only does so because it is non-essential to the core of our Self.’  That can be a tough one to reconcile with oneself. That’s going to take perseverant thought, deep thought. Let us begin – or continue on, as the case may be. There is no more important occupation than sorting through our ‘core truths’.

I suppose for many this could be taken as a relief. Surely, if we could get to ‘the other side’ of whatever it is we are gripping so tightly, it would feel like this. Perspective is everything, isn’t it?

Have a ponder on these two offerings today.